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Beaumont Health to Acquire Summa Health

Bob Gearhart Jr.

Beaumont Health, based in Michigan, signed a letter of intent to purchase Summa Health in Akron. The deal would add four hospitals to Beaumont’s footprint. “But perhaps the most interesting piece of the acquisition is Summa Care, the insurance subsidiary of Summa Health that insures about 46,000 members,” says Bob...

Impact of Highmark, UPMC Agreement

Bob Gearhart DCW Group

On June 24, the same day the Trump administration announced an executive order to increase transparency in the health-care system, a 10-year agreement was reached between Highmark and UPMC, mere days before the consent decree between the two organizations was set to expire. “The consent degree came into effect when...

DCW Reduces Rhiel’s Premiums 14.8%

Since 1951, Rhiel Supply Co. understands that attracting and retaining a talented workforce is a vital part of running a successful business. To do that, a competitive wage and comprehensive benefit plan is necessary to attract top talent and ensure employee satisfaction and retention. So when Rhiel's health insurance premiums...

How Rhiel Supply Reduced Premiums

If you’ve been following the six case studies we’ve shared in the New Benefits Blueprint, you know that we are showcasing our clients who are offering higher quality benefits to their employees while significantly lowering their company’s health- care spend. The goal of sharing these case studies is to help other employers attain the same […]

If you’ve been following the six case studies we’ve shared in the New Benefits Blueprint, you know that we are showcasing our clients who are offering higher quality benefits to their employees while significantly lowering their company’s health- care spend. The goal of sharing these case studies is to help...

How to Find the Right Benefits Adviser

How do you know if you’re working with the right adviser? “If an adviser suggests to you that the way they earn your business is to quote your employee benefits package at renewal. They are the wrong adviser,” says Bob Gearhart Jr. of DCW Group. In this installment of The...

How Employers Buy Benefits Is Broken

If you’ve followed the five case studies we’ve shared in The New Benefits Blueprint, you know that we showcased our clients who are offering higher quality benefits to their employees, while significantly lowering their company’s health-care spending. In order to deliver long-term cost containment, we are constantly creating innovative strategies in response to the ever-changing […]

If you’ve followed the five case studies we’ve shared in The New Benefits Blueprint, you know that we showcased our clients who are offering higher quality benefits to their employees, while significantly lowering their company’s health-care spending. In order to deliver long-term cost containment, we are constantly creating innovative strategies...

DCW Helps the United Way Lower Health Care Costs

Health care is typically a top three expense for employers and a critical piece of attracting and retaining top talent. The United Way of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley is no different, but as a nonprofit every dollar the organization can save in operations is a dollar that can be reinvested...

United Way Improves Insurance, Saves $66K

Last year, Employee Benefits 101 examined the innovative strategies and methodologies available to employers to reduce health-care benefit costs, while improving the benefit plans they offer their employees. We took a deeper dive into the successes of the following local companies: Compco Industries: Reversed its escalating health-care expense and currently offers higher quality benefits, while […]

Last year, Employee Benefits 101 examined the innovative strategies and methodologies available to employers to reduce health-care benefit costs, while improving the benefit plans they offer their employees. We took a deeper dive into the successes of the following local companies: Compco Industries: Reversed its escalating health-care expense and currently...

Drawing Up Your New Benefits Blueprint

Robert Gearhart Jr. returns in his third year as a contributor for The Business Journal in his new series, The New Benefits Blueprint. As existing entities in the health-care market consolidate – as when CVS acquired Aetna – and new players enter the field, like the joint venture between Amazon.com...